RoadTracer: Automatic Extraction of Road Networks from Aerial Images

Favyen Bastani, Songtao He, Sofiane Abbar, Mohammad Alizadeh, Hari Balakrishnan, Sanjay Chawla, Sam Madden, David DeWitt
2018 2018 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition  
Mapping road networks is currently both expensive and labor-intensive. High-resolution aerial imagery provides a promising avenue to automatically infer a road network. Prior work uses convolutional neural networks (CNNs) to detect which pixels belong to a road (segmentation), and then uses complex post-processing heuristics to infer graph connectivity. We show that these segmentation methods have high error rates because noisy CNN outputs are difficult to correct. We propose RoadTracer, a new
more » ... ethod to automatically construct accurate road network maps from aerial images. RoadTracer uses an iterative search process guided by a CNN-based decision function to derive the road network graph directly from the output of the CNN. We compare our approach with a segmentation method on fifteen cities, and find that at a 5% error rate, RoadTracer correctly captures 45% more junctions across these cities.
doi:10.1109/cvpr.2018.00496 dblp:conf/cvpr/BastaniHAABCMD18 fatcat:t6sum6ydrzdp5frkdo5e4tlc3i